• Is Steam Joining the Ranks of EA and Microsoft?

    Steam’s recent change in its Terms of Service mirrors a move made by Sony, Microsoft, and EA: they have changed its wording to ensure that...

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    Steam’s recent change in its Terms of Service mirrors a move made by Sony, Microsoft, and EA: they have changed its wording to ensure that a customer could bring no class-action lawsuit against the company. A customer disgruntled by some poor service would have to bring it to Steam in a smaller court, which ultimately...
  • Five Winners and Loser of March

    March has become one of the biggest months of the year in the games industry.  Between two major trade shows, the biggest spring releases, and...

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    March has become one of the biggest months of the year in the games industry.  Between two major trade shows, the biggest spring releases, and huge announcements March has become thirty days worth circling on your calendar.  This past March had all the regular ingredients and provided numerous topics to talk about.  So what were...
  • Weekly News Roundup – DEC 30 2012

    This week was rather slow, with everyone distracted by the holidays! I didn’t even manage to finish my Greensleeves redstone composition in Minecraft (although the...

    This week was rather slow, with everyone distracted by the holidays! I didn’t even manage to finish my Greensleeves redstone composition in Minecraft (although the room for it is all hollowed out, thanks to the help of a friend). I’ll probably use it for another song. Ideas, anyone? Speaking of Minecraft, the documentary was released...
  • Sometimes Microtransactions and In-Game DLC Make Sense

    There has been an uproar of late over some discussion of EA working microtransactions and DLC unlocks into more, if not all of their upcoming...

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    There has been an uproar of late over some discussion of EA working microtransactions and DLC unlocks into more, if not all of their upcoming games, a topic which I find oddly fascinating. I’ve seen terms thrown around like “pay-to-win,” “pay-to-play” and many other ones thrown around and we’ve even seen industry giant Cliff Blezinski...
  • Why I Hope EA Sells Out

    According to The New York Post, EA has been ‘quietly exploring’ their options with regards to a sale. Taken with mixed results by the media,...

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    According to The New York Post, EA has been ‘quietly exploring’ their options with regards to a sale. Taken with mixed results by the media, here’s my two cents on the matter: If EA ends up selling, it would be amazingly beneficial to the company, the developers under its wing, and the consumers that buy...
  • How Electronic Arts Can Win Back Support of Gamers

    Well, they’ve done it. Electronic Arts has once again won The Consumer’s Worst Company in America, thanks to angry gamers on the internet banding together...

    Well, they’ve done it. Electronic Arts has once again won The Consumer’s Worst Company in America, thanks to angry gamers on the internet banding together to ensure that Electronic Arts gets publicly shamed for their business practices. To understand the gravity of some of the companies that they beat, they beat the entire banking industry...
  • Designing Around F2P

    Free-to-play has always been the biggest lie you could find in a gaming term. There is nothing that takes developers, publishers, running servers, or downloads...

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    Free-to-play has always been the biggest lie you could find in a gaming term. There is nothing that takes developers, publishers, running servers, or downloads that can truly end up being free. Free-to-play is only a phrase that means the consumer does not have to pay for a game’s package, and gets it for free....
  • EA’s Full Spectrum Takes A Step Forward For LGBT Gamers

    The video game industry walks a social tightrope.  Games are held to a ridiculous amount of scrutiny from both sides of the political spectrum, with...

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    The video game industry walks a social tightrope.  Games are held to a ridiculous amount of scrutiny from both sides of the political spectrum, with controversies erupting over issues like race, gender, violence and sex.  Electronic Arts has taken a beating over many of its games, especially titles like Mass Effect and Dragon Age where...
  • The GSP part 1 – Gaming Social Paradigm

    The “Gaming Social Paradigm”, is something I’ve been considering for quite some time. It brings up interesting conversation and it can be used in a...

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    The “Gaming Social Paradigm”, is something I’ve been considering for quite some time. It brings up interesting conversation and it can be used in a number of arguments to support various claims. The GSP is a look at how Video Game culture has drastically altered the common consensus of what it means to be social....
  • FIFA 14: 3 Features To Be Excited About

    This past week has seen a number of new games announced. One of those has come from the behemoth known as EA, for one of...

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    This past week has seen a number of new games announced. One of those has come from the behemoth known as EA, for one of those yearly big releases in gaming, FIFA 14. Whilst still only announced for the current-generation of consoles, FIFA 14 still looks to add features to the yearly title. Many are...